Opportunities Galore!

Opportunities galore! Adult Education at First Cong takes place in many ways. Short and long-term classes, conversation and support groups, book studies, and prayer practice groups are just some of the ways we continue learning how life and faith intersect. The primary goal of our Adult Education Committee is to provide opportunities that allow us to understand, deepen, and act on our faith. Some upcoming offerings include...
Book Discussion
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance.
John Tyler and Faye Whitaker will convene a discussion of a significant book in our national conversation about our divided society. We will meet on Sunday mornings January 14, 28, and February 11 at 8:45am. Discussions will focus on how Vance's personal story helps us understand what is happening in an America we find hard to understand.
Interfaith Reformation Reading Group
Are you interested in learning more about the Reformation? This discussion group is facilitated by Carl Rasmussen and they focus on readings related to the Reformation. The group meets on Fridays at 2:00pm in the Student Lounge
Women's Book Study
Saturdays from 8:00-9:30am on February 10, 24 and March 3, 17
Strangers in Their Own Land; Anger and Mourning on the American Right (A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide) by Arlie Russell Hochschild.
The author embarks on a thought-provoking journey, traveling from her liberal hometown of Berkley, California, to arch-conservative Louisiana Bayou country - an area in environmental crisis, where many people suffer from poverty. Her mission is to do what so few of us are able to do: truly listen to the other side in order to understand why they believe the way they do. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of the country's deep political divide and profound thoughts about a way forward for us all. A limited number of books are available for $15.00 through the church office. Let Kristin know if you want one reserved for you. kkanitz@firstcongmadison.org
Bible Conversations
This group meets every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm in the Student Lounge to discuss the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.
Men's Fellowship
This group meets at 8:45am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. We share coffee and fellowship, and get to know each other and engage in contemporary topics from a Christian perspective. Our typical format is to read an article on recent events that has been distributed in advance, and use it to kick-off a discussion. Any men interested in topical discussion or in getting to know other men are encouraged to attend. There is no requirement to have done advance readings. Contact Tom Syring for more information: syring48@gmail.com, or 608 843 2234.
Parent's Group
This group typically meets the last Sunday of the month September-May. It provides a forum for discussing issues that impact parents of children and youth. The discussion is informal and informative and attending this group is a great way to meet other parents. Child care is provided. Contact Erika Hagen for more information: ewarkentien@yahoo.com
Caregiver Support Group
We meet on the last Sunday of the month following Worship for lunch, supportive conversation and educational programming. It is open to anyone interested in finding support as a caregiver of family or friends. We periodically meet at Cargo Coffee on a Saturday as an alternate meeting day. Contact Ann Beaty for more information: abeaty@firstcongmadison.org
Spiritual Practice Academy 
Upcoming Sessions include...Reading Poetry as Spiritual Practice (February 4 or 7), Travel/Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice (March 4 or 7), Reflecting on Art as Spiritual Practice (April 8 or 11), Utilizing the Jesus Prayer as Spiritual Practice (May 6 or 9), Play as Spiritual Practice (June 3 or 6).
AND MORE...Watch for an upcoming "Legacy" class taught by Eldonna in April, opportunities in the Lenten season (February 14-April 1), New Member Classes, and times to walk our new prayer Labyrinth in the Chapel. 

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 11:56 am in Featured Content.

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